Warning: Avoid Heinz Ketchup Like The Plague And Here’s Why…
Despite the fact that it is one of the favorite and the most popular ingredients among Americans, processed ketchup is not healthy. However, the majority of people cannot imagine their barbecue without a bottle of ketchup.
The original content of ketchup significantly differs from their content from nowadays, so we should ask ourselves if tomatoes are not the main ingredient of ketchup.
Well, the truth is that Heinz ketchup contains only 21 percent tomato concentrate. This is the reason why the Israeli health ministry has ruled that Heinz ketchup must now be sold in the country as ‘tomato seasoning’ and cannot be labeled as ketchup anymore as it does not contain the 41 percent minimum of tomato concentrate.
The nutritional label on Heinz ketchup shows that the ingredients are given according to the volume they take up in the final product, so we learn that the main ingredient in the recipe is the one given first, and the last one on the list participates with the smallest quantity.
1. Tomato Concentrate
The label of Heinz ketchup shows that technically, the main ingredient of tomato ketchup is the tomato concentrate.
Still, we can see that ketchup in fact contains more sugar than tomatoes, as the two processed sugars like high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup are not far behind the list.
Moreover, it is likely that the ketchup contains GMO tomatoes.
2. Distilled Vinegar
About 90 percent of the corn grown in the USA has been engineered to endure the harsh pesticides, meaning it is genetically modified. Nevertheless, Heinz ketchup admits on its website that the white vinegar used in their product comes from corn.
The most popular herbicide is Monsanto’s ‘Round-up’, which contain a toxic ingredient known as glyphosate, known to cause cancer. This substance has been found in the blood and the urine of the people who live in the cities all around the world.
in spite of this fact, the company claims that their product is all-natural. This is pretty controversial, and they are being sued because of that.
3. High Fructose Corn Syrup
We all know that corn syrup is made of GMO cornstarch. This cornstarch undergoes an enzymatic process for conversion of one half of the molecules of glucose into fructose ones, because the fructose is sweeter. This process and its result contribute to obesity and non-alcoholic liver disease.
4. Corn Syrup
Corn syrup resembles high fructose corn syrup, so it is also obviously made from GMO cornstarch. The only difference is that the glucose molecules of this syrup are not converted into fructose ones.
Just like any other processed sugar, corn sugar also contributes to obesity and insulin resistance.
5. Natural Flavor
The definition of the term ‘natural flavor’ or ‘natural flavoring’ has been given by FDA, and it says that natural flavor is the essential oil, the essence or extractive, oleoresin, distillate, protein hydrolysate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis which contains the flavoring constituents that come from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, herb, bark, root, bud, leaf or similar plant material, edible yeast, seafood, meat, eggs, poultry, dairy product, or fermentation product thereof, whose important function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.
This means that anything that occurs naturally can be seen as natural flavor, even sugar.
Heinz uses great amounts of corn in their ketchup, as well as other harmful properties:
Spices – the spices are often times part of the commercial food processing in the role of an anti-caking agent. They contain calcium silicate, a corn derivative.
Citric acid – this acid is weak, and thus suitable to be used for preserving the freshness of the product and preventing Clostridium botulinum contamination. The citric acid is frequently derived from corn.
Tomatoes that have undergone processing contain additional citric acid, as it is a harmful bacterium which can lead to neurological damage.
The acidity of the naturally grown tomatoes is reduced due to the genetic engineering and the nutrient-deficient soil. The soil used to be much more acidic and thus much more able to kill the bacteria on its own.
Salt, popularly known as table salt, is iodized and therefore it contains dextrose, a substance that has been derived from sugar. The dextrose serves for stabilization of the potassium iodide that is being added to the salt.
According to Stefanie Senior, a registered dietitian, despite the fact that Heinz has launched a certified ketchup, people should be careful using it, because even in case that the ketchup is healthy, it is very high in sugar and salt, so you should limit the consumption to one tablespoon on a daily basis.
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